The Little Hours

The Little Hours

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Medieval nuns Alessandra (Alison Brie), Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza), and Ginevra (Kate Micucci) lead a simple life in their convent. Their days are spent chafing at monastic routine, spying on one another, and berating the estate's day laborer. After a particularly vicious insult session drives the peasant away, Father Tommasso (John C. Reilly) brings on new hired hand Massetto (Dave Franco), a virile young servant forced into hiding by his angry lord. Introduced to the sisters as a deaf-mute to discourage temptation, Massetto struggles to maintain his cover as the repressed nunnery erupts in a whirlwind of pansexual horniness, substance abuse, and wicked revelry. Loaded with comedic talent and written with an off-kilter, yet knowing touch, The Little Hours is an immensely charming romp. Writer/director Jeff Baena's riotous follow-up to Sundance Film Festival favorites Life After Beth and Joshy has transferred the nervy comedic energy from his earlier work to the Middle Ages with hilarious results.
Publisher: [United States] : Gunpowder & Sky, 2017
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 90 min.)) : sd., col
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LPL_TriciaK Oct 15, 2019

Outrageously bawdy tale based on the classic medieval work, The Decameron. Not for prudes or defenders of the faith...only iconoclasts will enjoy this sendup of back-biting, sex-starved medieval nuns. Loved Fred Armisen's depiction of a bishop stunned by the antics he stumbled upon when he makes a routine visit to the cloister.

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PearlyKayAm1
Jan 19, 2019

Blechhhh. Medieval mean girls, constantly forcing themselves on a poor servant. This should have come with a R-rating.

IndyPL_MarianneK Dec 31, 2018

I wanted to like this movie so much more than I did. The cast is stellar and the story line could have been really funny. It's just missing that certain something to pull it all together.

KungFuAndrew Jun 09, 2018

I really enjoyed this offbeat film with a good cast for a small indie production. If you can make it through the first 20 minutes and get over the non-medieval language, you'll find a strange, funny film.

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gnomenut
Apr 09, 2018

There might be humor potential in the story, but even the funniest joke is only as good as the telling. Weak acting, monotone dialogue, and dismal photography make this too much like a high-school film project for me.

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lukasevansherman
Mar 24, 2018

Uh-oh, some nuns have been naughty! Basically, this is Monty Python does Boccaccio's "Decameron." It's pretty silly and juvenile, but it's fun and the cast is great. Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Nick Offerman, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Adam Pally, one half of Garfunkel & Oates, and the annoying British woman from "Girls" star. Jeff Baena, who is Plaza's boyfriend, wrote and directed.

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KennethSmith
Mar 14, 2018

All you need to know in advance is that the movie is based on Boccaccio's "Decameron", and the rest follows as a matter of course.

For some reason, the DVD case (Mongrel) states this fact precisely nowhere, thus contributing to many viewers' false expectations.

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downsman
Feb 14, 2018

I'm a big fan of John C. Reilly but he must have signed up for this adaptation of Boccaccio's Decameron for a friend or an opportunity to make some quick cash. Or maybe he should fire his agent. It's truly ghastly. (Though I did think the donkey played her part well). Other than some mild shock value from nuns effing and blinding, it's a boring, amateurish waste of time. It's also reminiscent of movies made in the 1970s, perhaps inspired by a previous (1971) adaptation of Boccaccio's Decameron.. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065622/ Anyway, if I have given the impression that I didn't like `Three Little Hours,' and that it's awful: good! (Which puts me at odds with a lot of professional film critics, many of whom liked it).

GeeksInTheLibrary Feb 02, 2018

This is the sort of movie that comedy nerds and medieval literature nerds have been waiting for. Based on The Decameron - a deeply influential piece of early Italian literature - and presented through the lens of contemporary comedic voices like John C. Reilly, Kate Micucci, Nick Offerman, and Aubrey Plaza, it's a hilarious tale of human imperfections, keeping up appearances, and what happens when lies finally catch up with you. The acting is on point, and all the dialogue was improvised, which leads to some delightfully unexpected laugh out loud moments.

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Nadge
Jan 29, 2018

This movie is pathetic--who orders garbage like this for the library? Everything is fucking this and fucking that, drunken priest, explanations of going down on, no humour, I quit there.

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PearlyKayAm1
Jan 19, 2019

Sexual Content: Lots of full frontal nudity and sex acts.

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PearlyKayAm1
Jan 19, 2019

Violence: Nuns attack servants and each other.

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PearlyKayAm1
Jan 19, 2019

Coarse Language: Lots of swearing.

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Jan 19, 2019

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